In memory of
Bill Baker was born in Grayling, Michigan, to Margaret and Earl Baker. He grew up in the Dearborn area and attended college at Williams, studying physics, but didn't graduate. He lived in Berkeley, California, for many years, working at Moe's Books, and had a first marriage to Bitsy that ended in amicable divorce, after which he moved to Mendocino County. During his early days on the coast, Bill worked for CalTrans as an equipment operator which allowed him to return to college where he got several teaching credentials. He taught mostly math and science, including several years of remedial math, where he helped many older students understand what they'd missed the first time around, like how to add fractions or borrow during subtraction. Bill married computer programmer and teacher, Annie Gould, in 1991, and they added son Peter to stepson Andrew. Bill and Annie had 28 great years together and they enjoyed working outdoors at their pond and other wet adventures. Bill enjoyed writing, especially the classes and groups he was part of in Fort Bragg. He was an active member of both the Ukiah and Fort Bragg United Methodist Churches, and also prepared a BIG pot of chili every week for Hospitality House in Fort Bragg, so was known locally as ""Chili Billy."" Bill had many hobbies and interests - fishing was always #1. He moved to Fort Bragg after retirement so he could fish on a whim. It was fitting that his life ended with a fish bite, in light of all the fish he had caught. It was on a ""bucket list"" trip with brother Earl to Minnesota that Bill was bitten by a Big Mouth Bass as he removed the hook. They ate it for dinner, and it took over three weeks for the bite to turn septic. He died at home, after 73 days in the hospital. Bill donated his body to the UCSF Medical School. Bill will be remembered for his great intelligence, kindness, big heart and warm hugs, humor and his commitment to his family, friends and communities. There are two local memorial services: in Fort Bragg on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Methodist Church and in Ukiah on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Ukiah Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either of the churches or to your local hospice. Thank you.
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